President's Message

The 2019/2020 school year was an unusual and challenging year and I want to thank everyone for your cooperation and perseverance. Actually, it seems like the 2019/2020 school year was two separate school years. The first, a traditional year with students and teachers in their classrooms. The second, a forced experiment in remote students learning through a mix of technology and more traditional resources. Our teachers were amazing as they were forced to change from a traditional classroom setting to using multiple mediums to communicate with students and parents. Parents were outstanding partners as we traversed this uncharted territory created by COVID-19. Staff and administrators have worked tirelessly to support our teachers and students. Despite the difficulties and multitude of challenges our schools faced this year, there is still much to celebrate.

Constellation schools were successful in expanding opportunities for students and taking advantage of community resources. There were many field trip opportunities for students and our schools continued to promote extracurricular activities such as Guitar, Fitness and Art Clubs at Constellation Schools: Eastside Arts Academy. Many of our schools participated in the basketball and volleyball intermural programs, with the Bulldogs of Constellation Schools: Lorain Community going undefeated for the volleyball season. Unfortunately, the basketball season was cut short. Community resources engaged with our schools included Junior Achievement at Constellation Schools: Puritas Community (for the 14th year); Guidestone, Bellefaire, Applewood and Ronald McDonald Mobile Dentist at numerous schools; Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary partnered with the Cleveland Clinic and implemented the "Health Unleashed Program" and Constellation Schools: Parma Community partnered with Vitalant to sponsor blood drives and Constellation Schools: Elyria Community raised $1,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school year also saw many of our schools actively engage to assist their communities through food and clothing drives, assisting families in need, and providing coats, boots, gloves, hats and food to students.

Some other highlights for the school year included Constellation Schools: Westpark Community Elementary being rated the #1 charter school in the Greater Cleveland area, and #2 in the State of Ohio by niche.com. The school was also awarded the 2019 High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education; an award that is bestowed upon schools that have ranked in the 90th percentile statewide in Math and English Language Arts for five years or more. Westpark Community Elementary has achieved the Highest Outstanding Overall grade of "A" on the state report card for two years in a row and was awarded the US Department of Education 2020 Exemplary High Performing Blue Ribbon School award. Constellation Schools: Elyria Community Elementary was named a Community School of Quality by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2019/2020 school year. This award acknowledges charter schools that have a higher performance index and higher academic progress than the surrounding school district. Constellation Schools: Westside Community School of the Arts won the 1st Place School Wide Award for the Midwest Charter Schools K-5 Art Contest and had 4th and 5th grade winners in the Buckeye Hope Writing Challenge. Constellation Schools: Stockyard Community received the Momentum Award and was designated a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

As you can see, there are many great things happening in our Constellation schools. Great teachers and great administrators and staff continue to make Constellation's schools "The Right Choice for Parents and a Real Chance for Children!"

Richard A. Lukich, President
Constellation Schools LLC